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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

There are specific Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requirements that must be met before pesticides may be applied to:

  • state owned land,
  • land leased by a state agency, or
  • right-of-way managed by a state agency.

These requirements are specified in 18 AAC 90.640-650.


The agency that owns/manages the land is responsible for meeting the IPM requirements. That agency may choose to sub out this work to other agencies, contractors, etc., but the agency that owns/manages the land is ultimately responsible, and all work is done under that agency's IPM plan and oversight.

To initiate the IPM process, review and complete the steps outlined below.

  1. Submit an IPM plan to DEC via email to Karin Hendrickson. This is an example IPM plan (DOC). [18 AAC 90.645]
  2. Public Notification:
    • Publish two notices in a newspaper at least 30 days before applying [18 AAC 90.640(b)]
    • Unless the treatment area is a public place*, then post notices at the site prior to applying [18 AAC 90.630(a)]
    • Or unless the treatment area is a school, then post notices at the site prior to applying [18 AAC 90.625(f)]
  3. Notify drinking water systems within 200 feet of treatment site at least 30 days before applying. [18 AAC 90.640(a)(3)]
  4. Notify DEC at least 15 days before applying by emailing Karin Hendrickson [18 AAC 90.640(a)(6)]
  5. Ensure all pesticide applicators are certified [18 AAC 90.640(a)(4)]
  6. Keep records of pesticide application and required notifications above (item 2, 3, and 4) [18 AAC 90.415(2)]
  7. If pesticide is applied to 20 acres or more in one year, post a report with information about pesticide use on the responsible agency's website [18 AAC 90.640(a)(8)]

Print Version of Steps (PDF)

Special Notes

IPM plans and associated requirements are not required under the following circumstances:

  • Application to less than one acre of state land
  • Application of antimicrobial pesticides (sanitizers) or personal use insect repellents, or
  • Application of pesticides inside buildings or structures.

IPM requirements do not apply for application to water or by aircraft: these activities require a Pesticide-Use Permit.

Many agencies make numerous small pesticide applications to areas scattered across the state. If these pesticide applications are all similar, they are considered part of a single program or project. IPM requirements will apply if the total combined area is one acre or more. This is true if all applications of pesticides:

  • Target the same pests;
  • Are conducted in the same calendar year;
  • Are conducted on the property owned/leased by the same agency;
  • Use the same pesticide products;
  • Use the same concentration of each pesticide (within 10%); and
  • Use the same application methods.

*Public places defined in AS 46.03.320(c) include:

  1. common areas of an apartment building or other multi-family dwelling (e.g.lawns, outdoor recreational areas)
  2. publicly accessible areas of government offices or facilities (e.g. outdoor landscaped areas)
  3. plazas, parks, and public sports fields

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